First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 9/26/2021
Join us for in-person worship in the sanctuary or live on Facebook at 10:30am. The service will also be posted to YouTube and Archive Sunday after church.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

Live Worship: Facebook

If you're unable to join us in person, you can view today's service live on our Facebook page beginning at 10:30 AM.

Online Worship: YouTube

View today's message later this week on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.
The Army/Soldier Imagery
Pastor Jerry Koller
The bible refers to believers as saints, granted, but we are also referred to as soldiers—either directly or through militaristic terminology.
"I’m In The Lord’s Army" is not just for children.
The Apostle Paul used militaristic terminology when referring to those who served him and served with him.
Other New Testament passages that use militaristic terminology:
Jesus used militaristic imagery:
...the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
· This Jesus said in regard to the church—which He builds.
The word overcome indicates a conflict or a battle is taking place.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ~ General Sun Tzu
We know our Enemy—As 2 Cor. 2:11 points out, we are not unaware of his schemes.
Always Pray for All Soldiers/Saints
Happy Birthday!
· Julie Zantello (9/28)
· Julie Newell (9/29)
· Pastor Jerry Koller (10/2)
· Esther Sullivan (10/3)
Happy Anniversary!
· Dean & Linda Newell (10/3, 29 years)
· We express our condolences to Roy & Sue Richmond and their family upon the loss of Sue’s father, Raymond Stainbrook, on 9/21. Visitation: Sunday, 9/26 from 3:00-5:00pm at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Service: Monday, 9/27 at 11:00am at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Luncheon Following Burial: approximately 12:30pm at First Baptist Church in the gym.
· We also extend our sympathy to Chet & Renee Goff and their family upon the loss of Renee’s uncle, Mike McIntosh, in Missouri on 9/22.
Can You Help?
We need volunteers to help set-up tables and chairs in the gym after worship today for the Stainbrook luncheon. We need volunteers to help with the luncheon on Monday morning (9/27). We still need people to bring side dishes and/or desserts. If you're available/able to help, please contact Kim by phone or text at 269-767-2226 or email at as soon as possible. Thank you!
Aftermath Begins 10/24
Sunday, 10/24 | After Worship | Upstairs

Aftermath (definition): The outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual.

During our Worship Service, we spend time together examining various passages of Scripture. Near the end of this time, general application is made as to how the Scripture can be applied to our lives. At best, the application is pretty general and may be applied to one individual differently than another.

Aftermath seeks to help individuals personalize the application, for we are all uniquely different. In addition, it provides an environment in which people can help others personalize the application through suggestion and experience. It can be an effective way to live out our faith together.

Beginning October 24, we will relaunch Aftermath immediately after our Worship Service and meet each week. We will provide a light meal (such as soup) for all who attend. We will gather upstairs in the Plaza. Lunch and discussion will be limited to one hour.

Come join us for an experience that can literally change your lives!
Tuesday Men's Bible Study Has Resumed
Men's Bible study has resumed. This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM in the Library. For questions or more info, contact Paul Fitton.
Youth Group and Children’s Sunday School Resume 10/3
· Sunday School for kids ages 5 years old - 5th grade will meet in the Resource Room from 9:30-10:15 AM. For questions or more info, contact Janette Hendrix.

· Youth Group for teens in middle and high school will meet in Classroom 2 from 2:00-4:00 PM. For questions or more info, contact Allie Wilson.

Online Giving is Available!

If you would like to support our ministries by giving an online donation via debit/credit card or your bank account, you can do so by using this link:
Church Office Hours
The church office will be open on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM if you need to stop in for any reason.
Mission Cafe
· 9:00-10:15am on Sundays
The Mission Café is a great place to have a breakfast treat and coffee, enjoy lively conversation and have fun while helping support missions at First Baptist. All items are store bought and served safely. Featuring:
¨ Donuts
¨ Bagels
¨ English Muffins
¨ Snacks
¨ Hot & Cold Beverages
¨ And more!
For your convenience, we accept cash, check and debit/credit cards!


You can download the app by clicking the link below from your cell phone or tablet. By using the app, you can conveniently view recorded Sunday worship services; look up addresses and phone numbers for other church members; update your personal information; register for events; tithe online; send prayer requests; and more.  We're excited to bring another avenue of communication to you!  If you have any questions or issues, please contact Kim.

Check Out Our Web Page

We are keeping our web page ( updated regularly.  Please use it as a tool.  Under "Resources" we have a page for FBC Members only which has our latest emails and letters from Pastor Jerry.  If you try to access this page, you will need the password "Know Him" to see the content.
On the Calendar
mission café
· Sundays before and after church

· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
· Available live on Facebook beginning at 10:30 AM
· If you're unable to join us in-person, you can view the service later in the week on, or

children’s worship
· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Gym
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

men’s bible study
· Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm in the Library
· Contact Paul Fitton for questions or more information.

church office open
· Wednesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm

bible study
· Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am in the Library
· Contact Vasha Ferguson for questions or more information.

women’s craft group
· Thursdays, 6:30pm in the Library
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.

men's basketball
· Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm in the Gym
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.

resuming soon
· Children's Sunday School (resumes 10/3)
· Youth Group (resumes 10/3)
· Tuesday Evening Women's Bible Study
· Aftermath (resumes 10/24)
· Roy & Sue Richmond and their family upon the loss of Sue’s father, Raymond Stainbrook, on 9/21.
· Chet & Renee Goff and their family upon the loss of Renee’s uncle, Mike McIntosh, on 9/22.
· Steve Follman is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery.
· Ashley Ampersee and her 8-year-old son, Elliot Keys (coworker of Tracy Marshall): the son was involved in a car accident in which his father and 13 year-old brother were killed (Ashley’s son and ex-husband). Elliot has been transported to Ann Arbor for additional surgeries on his heart, leg and wrist as well as to try to get his brain swelling to go down.
· Frank Buchert is receiving Hospice care due to declining health. Also keep his wife, Mary, children Patty Bales, Kathy Brown, Sue Cravens & Sean Buchert and their families in prayers during this time.
· Gary Wilson (Jeff Wilson's dad) is recovering from surgery for colon cancer; pray for a speedy recovery and healing; other treatment options are being evaluated.
· John Ellis is deployed to fight wildfires in California. Please pray for his safety and protection.
· Billy McIntosh (Renee Goff's brother) is suspected to have a genetic form of cardiomyopathy; waiting for test results; has to wear a life vest/portable defibrillator for 90 days and then further treatment will be determined.
· Linda Rooker is recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery. Pray for a speedy healing and minimal pain.
· Check out our monthly prayer card on-line at under “Weekly Bulletins” for a list of those with on-going needs.
First Baptist Church
1635 76th Street
South Haven, MI 49090